Why Work with a Coach?

The coaching profession has grown tremendously in the last few years – worldwide revenue produced by coaching was $1.5 billion (USD) per year in 2009.  According to a 2009 ICF research study, the top areas where clients felt the “overall positive impacts of coaching” were:

  • Self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skill
  • Work performance
  • Work/life balance

So when does it make sense to hire a coach?

Here are the top 10 reasons we see people retaining coaching services:

1.      You feel stuck and want help finding direction to move forward purposefully. A coach will help you get clear on your goals, identify your obstacles and help you overcome them.

2.      You have leveled out in your career, or you are put into a new position demanding different competencies from you, and you want to prepare yourself for the next level of success. Retaining coaching services, sometimes with involvement of your supervisor, is an effective way to advance professionally.

3.      You have learned something new and want help implementing it effectively. A coach will support you by designing strategies for application to deepen the learning.

4.      You are unhappy with certain interactions with people at work or at home, and you are stressed by the conflict you need to manage. A coach helps you identify underlying issues, develop helpful perspectives, and helps you find and execute options to deal with the issues at hand.

5.      You are so busy and stressed that you cannot see the forest for the trees. A coach helps you identify priorities, and supports you in planning for more effective time management.

6.      You are bored and uninspired, maybe even resentful of certain areas in your life. A coach can help you find your areas of passion so you can return to living with positivity and purpose.

7.      Your family or relationship is in a state of change or crisis, causing stress and anxiety. Hiring a coach for you, the family or a couple, will alleviate the stress by involving a neutral third person to take the heat out of the discussions. Your coach helps to identify the key issues as well as core goals for everyone, and then helps everyone reach their goals.

8.      You have a goal but want help getting there. A coach focuses you, acts as a cheerleader and a sounding board and reality check, holds you accountable and celebrates interim results with you until you reach your destination.

9.      You are successful in your career but your personal style often leads to negative interactions or results. You feel you have blind spots you want to explore and manage. Your coach will act as a confidential critic, helping you understand what behaviors, conscious or unconscious, are preventing you from reaching your objectives. You will practice new more effective behaviors and approaches.

10.  You are new in your position, and you feel lack of confidence, confusion and overwhelm. Your coach helps you transition into the new role by identifying patterns to adopt and those to leave behind. You will also work on designing effective new relationships to support your new role.

If you find yourself anywhere in those 10 scenarios, get in touch with us and we will discuss how we can help. Or forward this blog to someone who might be looking for some support.

So – have you worked with a coach before? What was it like? What worked for you, and what didn’t?

If you are thinking of retaining a coach,and you want tips on how to look for a coach that suits your style and needs, read our blog post on What to look for when you hire a Coach.

“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” Albert Einstein

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Revisiting the New Years Resolution – 3 Steps to make it happen

Here we are almost at the end of January. What’s happening to your New Years’ Resolution? If you are like me, you have started it with some success, but the resolve is waning. Things come up … old habits creep in … I am definitely not defending my new routine with enough fervor. Yikes! The “old” reality is taking over, before the “new” one has had a chance to get established. Why do we permit for this to happen time and again? No matter. Enough of the pity party. Let’s get back on the proverbial horse and focus on the resolution we made for this year.

I believe the secret lies in the concept of “preparation”. (Right now I am clearly suffering from lack thereof.) Preparation means staking out the terrain that leads to our goal. What and who is involved in the successful achievement of my goal? Today, let’s focus on the “who”.

Most parts of our lives are connected to other people. Ergo, other people are also interconnected with our goals. It is a matter of involving these key people, and identifying what may keep us from involving them. We need to have conversations. Are we afraid of embarrassment? Shy? Or maybe there are unresolved issues that keep us from talking to someone? Even fairly simple changes in routine can lead to conflict and frustration when we don’t have clear buy-in from those who are intertwined with our routines.
So, here are 3 steps towards a successful New Year’s Resolution.

Step 1: Identify the parties on your path.

  • What are the main causes of your procrastination?
  • Who is the person/people involved with that cause?
  • Who is presently an obstacle in the achievement of your goal?
  • Who are the key people that can support you in reaching your goal?

Step 2: Assess Roles and Level of Involvement.

  • What do you need from the person to support you?
  • How might enrolling them affect your relationship?
  • Who might you enrol instead of the ones who refuse or don’t participate?

Step 3: Preparing for the Conversation

  • Check for any assumptions you are making about the person, and consider assumptions they may have about you.
  • What might they need from you in order to support you? What are you willing to offer?
  • What happens when they do/don’t support you? What is your best alternative?
  • Be clear on the ideal outcome of the conversation. How do you effectively communicate your message with this person? Be clear on what the 2nd best outcome is.

Success may hit us as a surprise some of the time – but it’s rare. Mostly it takes many little steps – many little conversations – strategic involvement of various people and stakeholders, to reach a goal.

So, now that I’ve convinced myself of all this I need to clear my calendar to have some very important conversations! Let me know how your journey towards your New Years Resolutions is coming!

Integral Insight…

“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” (Harvey Mackay)

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